Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

Looking for other livable planets

Jer Thorp, who has a knack for creating stuff that’s both useful and beautiful, continues his string of impressive work with this visualization for Boing Boing (video below). It shows…

Watch the world get fatter over the past three decades

People are getting fatter everywhere. You know this. But there’s nothing like the numbers to actually show how we’re growing outwards and by how much. With this interactive, Wilson Andrews…

Europe’s energy targets in perspective

Designer Gregor Aisch has a look at energy usage in Europe. Click on a number of topics on the bottom to see how each country compares, or mouse over a…

Annual Feltron report is up – this time with dad

I think we’ve all grown accustomed to this by now. Designer Nicholas Felton, known for his quantified annual reports on his life for the past year, just put up his…

Most viewed YouTube videos of all time iconified

Designer Ibraheem Youssef iconifies the most viewed YouTube videos of all time. Do you recognize what each icon represents? I’m embarrassed to say that I probably know one too many…

Best companies to work for and what employees say

Fortune Magazine recently published their annual list of top companies to work for, with SAS, Boston Consulting, and Wegman’s taking the one, two, and three spots, respectively. To accompany the…

Bill Gates’ infographics section from annual letter

Even Bill Gates has an infographics section. In his 2011 annual letter, Gates focuses on Polio and vaccines, and uses graphics to highlight spots. Most of them have to do…

A history of Coen brothers filmography

I post this graphic by Muller on the Coen brothers filmography mostly because, well, of the Coen brothers filmography. I also kind of like the name. Main characters are shown…

Charted guide to fancy drinks

I’m partial to all things food and drink related, so naturally my eyes light up when they’re combined with charts. Fabio Rex illustrates what makes the perfect drink in a…

Adults with college degrees, over time

The Chronicle of Higher Education lets you explore the percentage of adults with college degrees from 1940 up to present, by county. Press play and watch the national average go…

What your state is the worst at – United States of shame

In a survey of rankings from a variety of sources, Pleated Jeans maps the United States of Shame. Because all states must be bad at something. Go, California. If we’re…

Dexter’s victims through season five

DeviantArt user dehahs, who seems to enjoy making graphics based on fiction (see here and here), classifies kills by main character Dexter of the popular Showtime series of the same…

Map: United States of surnames

Mina Liu and Oliver Uberti for National Geographic examine the most common surnames across the country: What’s in a Surname? A new view of the United States based on the…

Map of scientific collaboration between researchers

In the spirit of the well-circulated Facebook friendship map by Paul Butler, research analyst Olivier Beauchesne at Science-Metrix examines scientific collaboration around the world from 2005 to 2009: I was…

Where people swear in the United States

Cartographer Daniel Huffman has a look at swearing in the United States, according to geocoded tweets: Isolines are based upon an interpolated surface generated from approximately 1.5 million geocoded public…

Growth and usage of foursquare in 2010

Foursquare has a look at their usage in 2010. I bet you were sitting there wondering how many peopled named Wendy checked in at Wendy’s during the year. It was…

Explore your LinkedIn network visually with InMaps

LinkedIn has been having some fun with their data lately. They opened up the career tree a couple of months ago, and today they announced InMap to visualize your links…

Visual analysis of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design has a look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and why it was so good: MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech…

Flight safety-esque beer pong guide

It’s Friday. You might need this vintage-looking guide on how to play beer pong by Mel Marcelo. Remember not to use a lawnmower, a skull, or a toaster, and you…

State of Wikipedia, 10 years later

In their most recent video (below) to their “State of…” series, JESS3 takes a look at the State of Wikipedia: The State of Wikipedia not only explores the rich history…

How Starbucks’ new Trenta compares to your stomach

Starbucks recently announced their next size up from 591-milliliter Venti: the Trenta. It’s 916 milliliters, which happens to be slightly more than the average capacity of the human stomach, as…

Open thread: Is this map too confusing?

This map, a collaboration between Good and Gregory Hubacek, shows three metrics from the most recent American Community Survey by the US Census: high school graduates, college graduates, and median…

Size of the Universe

Because you can never get enough videos to remind you how tiny you are compared to the rest of the world. Catch the video below. And a good MLK day…

In investing, timing is everything

When you invest in stocks, it’s not just what you invest in, but also when you put the money in and when you get it out. The New York Times…

Haiti’s earthquake in context

Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 was by far the most devastating in a long time. There were an estimated 222,570 casualties as a result. However, as Peter Aldhous shows in this…

Aerial photos of destruction in Haiti, one year later

In memory of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti one year ago on January 12, 2010, the New York Times shows aerial photos of Port-au-Prince from GeoEye and Google in…

Mapping and documenting a year of travels

Cartographer Andy Woodruff documents all the places he goes, resulting in the pretty map above.…

Price and adoption timeline of gadgets

New gadgets, from Web-connected TVs, to smartphones, to Fax machines, always seem to start expensive and then decrease in price a few months later. We all know this. But by…

Visualizing deletion discussions on Wikipedia

Fact is not always clear cut. Sometimes fact is driven by opinion. People might have conflicting points of view or maybe the truth is simply unknown. We can see this…

Football supporter map of London

Map of London colored by what team the majority supports. Not much of a soccer… ahem, sorry, football fan. Accurate? [QPRdotorg via We Love Datavis]…